A Mommy Makeover is a personalized set of procedures that focuses on restoring your body back to its pre-baby shape or achieving the shape you’ve always wanted. Common goals are to restore breast shape and fullness, tighten loose abdominal muscles, remove excess skin and reduce unwanted fat deposits through water assisted liposuction. These changes help you feel more better about yourself and a positive self-image can benefit you and your family.
A Mommy Makeover or Mommy Makeover 360 is the “magic” that can restore a woman’s body to her beautiful feminine shape or better. It is the combination of breast and body procedures that correct distortions that usually resulted from pregnancy. The goal is to feel beautiful at any age. Children are a beautiful miracle. The Mommy Makeover allows you to love being a mom and feel beautiful as a woman.
Each mommy makeover is unique to the individual and no two mommy makeovers are exactly alike.
Some of our patients want larger, fuller breasts than they had before, while others are happy with their breasts but want to address sagging skin on their bellies.
Breast augmentation is a procedure that adds volume to the breasts to restore shape and perkiness. Saline or silicone implants have the advantage of adding volume and shape. These implants are safe, but as foreign bodies, have certain risks. The scar to place the implants can be hidden. For this woman, the scar was placed in the crease under the breasts.
After pregnancy and breast feeding, the breasts stay engorged for months, and the skin stretches. When the milk stops, the breast glands shrink. The combination of stretched skin and loss of volume causes the breast to appear flat and lose the round shape. When the skin above the nipple has stretched, the nipple will land at a lower position. When the skin of the lower pole stretches, the breast sags. Breast deflation can be corrected with either implants or fat grafts. This is fat taken from another part of the body and transplanted to the breast to restore volume.
For this woman, like many women, the skin stretch forced her nipple to be lower than ideal and to have more skin hanging below the breast crease. She chose to enhance the breasts with implants only. If she had wanted a perkier, higher breast shape, she could have had a mastopexy or breast lift. She was satisfied with the augmentation and did not want visible scars.
High-definition Liposuction is an advanced technique that sculpts the body with intention. Like a sculptor, the excess fat is taken away selectively to create shape and definition. To do this shaping, the patient is first positioned on her tummy and then on her back. Fat that is removed can be used for augmenting the buttocks or the breasts.
A tummy tuck is a procedure that restores normal tone to the abdominal wall. The inner (fascial) layer is stretched during pregnancy, but unlike skin, does not have the elasticity to contract. Surgically tightening the inner core layer to a normal tone is important in supporting the back and restoring a flat tummy. A tummy tuck also removes the stretched skin. If you look at the grey box above, you can see blue lines drawn around the lower tummy including the belly button. This is the area of skin that will be removed with the tummy tuck. In the picture below, notice how the narrowest part of the body after is at the waist. The body has shape and curves. The scar for the tummy tuck is hidden just above the pubic area.
It is very important to design the incisions so that the final scars can be hidden. The beautiful female torso is long. Ideally, we are trying to create an hour-glass shape with waist definition being the narrowest part. If you look at the image below, before the torso has a squareness, appearing equally long as wide. After, the waist is defined and by flattening the tummy the torso or abdomen appears to have length. When the tummy tuck is designed (see gray box above), the excess skin is marked for removal. But more important is leaving enough skin so that the final scar has no tension and can sit very low on the body, just at the pubic edge. If the scar is placed too high, the torso will be unintentionally made shorter. The tummy tuck scar should follow the natural crease between the abdomen and the thighs.
The only scar the patient will show in a bikini is the belly button. It has to be designed with extreme attention to detail and avoid any tension. If there is tightness on the scar it will widen or contract rather than being hidden. There should be a central “section” of the tummy with a natural depression around the belly button. For the belly button to look natural, there must be three-dimensional planning.
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Cosmetic surgery is about you, not a procedure. That’s why Dr. Ditesheim approaches things differently. You’ll never hear him say you “need” a procedure. He’ll go over all of your options; you choose how to proceed. And this approach works! Just ask our happy patients.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Ditesheim has a reputation as a perfectionist and is adamant about helping you achieve your goals with results that enhance your natural beauty.
Our goal here at Ditesheim Cosmetic Surgery is to help you make your desired improvements, not to achieve someone else’s “ideal.” In other words, a mommy makeover is a customized package made specifically for you be it surgical options as well as non-surgical treatments.
Have you recently had a baby and want to recover your pre-pregnancy figure? A mommy makeover can help you reclaim the youthful shape you enjoyed before your pregnancy.
At Ditesheim Cosmetic Surgery, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey A. Ditesheim can answer your frequently asked questions about mommy makeovers to ensure that you feel comfortable and confident about moving forward with cosmetic surgery.
Not every plastic surgeon in Charlotte is equal in natural talent and ability. To create truly excellent results in plastic surgery requires an eye for beauty and a personal dedication to helping the patient achieve what they envision. Whether you’re interested in liposuction, a facelift, tummy tuck or any other plastic surgery, Dr. Ditesheim offers an artistic approach that his patients love.